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everybody in the audience. but bob wiener was sitting to my right. he was a chief spokesperson at ondcp during the clinton administration. and bob not only helped with others to certainly organize this, but his continued energy and commitment to the drug issue over the years has really made this possible, and i appreciate everything he's done. [applause] well, i know, i think it's probably most appropriate that i start off with what's probably consumed the media quite a bit over the last several years. let me talk about marijuana. i know that was something that i make it a -- i may get a question about later on, i'm just supposing. as you know, possession of small amounts of marijuana by an adult became legal in two states, colorado and washington. those are both proposition or initiative states, and it was on their ballot. and those initiatives -- and there are differences, by the way, between the two states and what they passed. they really present all of us, health care professionals, school administrators, so many others, elected official, law enforcement, they really present us wit
undersecretary bob hale, for being on the department of defense fiscal year 2014. we welcomet secretary hagel on his first appearance as secretary of defense before the committee. we thank all of our witnesses for their service to our nation and to the soldiers, sailors, and marines at home and in harm's way, we can never say that enough. your st today is a key component of the committee's review of the two dozen 14 budget request for the department of defense. this year's request includes $526.60 billion for the base and $88.50 billion for overseas contingency operations , although, as your testimony notes, the number is simply a place holder figure pending final force level and deployment decisions. the future of the defense budget is in flux due to congress's failure to reduce the deficit by $1.20 to land. the dod funding for 2013 was reduced b sequestration in the amountf $41 billion. unless congress acts, the fiscal year 2014 dod budget will be cut $15 billiononal for 2014 and also the budgets passed in the senate and also the house of representatives. congress can fix the budget problem
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